June 19-August 25, 2019
The Bloomberg Building
545 West 30th Street, New York, NY
The Shed, a cultural arts center located in Hudson Yards will be presenting their summer curatorial, COLLISION/COALITION. Taking place from June 19th to August 25th at The Bloomberg Building, Collision/Coalition displays a connection between three commissions that all have intersecting themes and are all varied in medium and approach. The Shed showcases both emerging and established artists from a large variety of fields including painting, digital media, theater, literature, sculpture, dance, and music including hip hop and classical music.
Housed in The Bloomberg Building, this arts center was designed by Diller Scofido + Renfro and Rockwell Group has been open and commissioning original works of art, dozens of exhibitions, performances and lectures since this past April. The modular building adapts to support ambition and invention’ in all fields of art and creativity and is a space where artwork of all disciplines is displayed for all audiences.
The Shed’s summer exhibit Collision/Coalition involves three separate commissions that explore art’s role in the interface of opposing social, cultural and political forces. Artist Tony Cokes’ work sorts appropriated subjects such as pop music and news texts in a clashing collage and explores the bond between the artist, the studio of the artist and gentrification. Known for exploring the states of contemporary globalization expounded by constant cultural exchange and growing cultural displacement, Oscar Murillo’s work will include an installation of paintings, drawings, sculptures and a performance that will include Diego Rivera’s infamous destroyed murals located at Rockefeller Center. Murillo pays homage to Rivera’s work by having organized a procession from The Shed to Rockefeller Center, wheeling human-scaled stuffed figures through the streets. At the exhibition, sculptures and a film of the procession will be on display. These commissions will be displayed from June 19th to August 25th.
Starting July 31st, the third commission in the series, screenings of a new documentary film about one of Colombia’s most celebrated artists, Beatriz González, will be implemented and shown through August 25, 2019. Directors Yanina Valdivieso and Vanessa Bergonzoli centered the film on Gonzalez’ Auras Anónimas, which is an installation of 8,957 tombstones in Bogotá’s central cemetery featuring silhouettes of those that died because of armed conflict in Colombia’s civil war. This monumental public artwork and memorial is currently under threat of being demolished by Bogotá’s city administration.
Collision/Coalition was organized by Senior Curator Emma Enderby and Curatorial Assistant, Adeze Wilford. All three commissions will be located in The Shed’s Level 4 Gallery.